Michigan State Police are now offering a way to increase access to treatment for addicts.
The opioid epidemic continues to take lives throughout West Michigan, and addiction treatment specialist Dr. Sandy Dettmann says this has nothing to do with a lack of treatment-- and everything to do with a lack of access to the treatment.
Beginning in late August, the Angel Program will begin at the MSP Wayland Post where addicts can walk through the station's front door and ask for help. No questions asked.
Those who come to the post with narcotics can turn those over to be destroyed without any questioning.
From there, troopers will contact one of their angels, a volunteer, who will be responsible for picking up the person seeking help and taking them to a designated treatment facility where they would help them through the check in process.
The program already exists in the Upper Peninsula, where it has seen great success. Now, Trooper Kellie Summerhays says the Wayland Post hopes to recruit Angels to fill their own program. She said they hope for ideally 10, and would like to have two Angels on each ride to the treatment facility.
In order to volunteer as an Angel you must have a valid driver's license, a car and pass a background check.
But Summerhays said the background check should not dissuade people from volunteering. She said ideally some of the Angels will be former addicts who have been clean for at least two years.
Volunteers also need to live within an hour of Wayland Post and have open availability throughout the day.
The post is holding an open house on July 15 from noon until 4:00 p.m. for those who want more information, or contact the Wayland Post directly at (269) 792-2213.
This program will be spreading throughout Michigan for those interested outside of the Wayland area.
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